ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. Because SUVs and trucks have a large number of parts, the authors suggested, they are good candidates to be the vehicle types with the largest amount of biobased material on a part number basis. However, they noted, there are also many challenges associated with the use of biobased parts in the auto industry.

Mercedes-Benz unveils EQB: a beautiful new compact electric SUV


Mercedes-Benz has today unveiled the EQB: a beautiful new compact electric SUV, and another addition to the fast-electrifying segment of the auto industry. more… The post Mercedes-Benz unveils EQB: a beautiful new compact electric SUV appeared first on Electrek.


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AlixPartners study finds post-crisis auto industry facing new set of challenges; sales projected below historical levels for foreseeable future

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In sync with its past annual auto studies, AlixPartners continues to predict that US auto sales will climb more slowly, and to a lower peak, than many others are predicting. Specifically, the firm estimates US auto sales will reach just 12.7 AlixPartners also estimates that on-going unemployment and underemployment could cost the auto industry up to 1.5

2011 181

Jaguar Electric SUV As Soon As 2017? 'Radical' Styling Planned

Green Car Reports

Since a concept version was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, all eyes have been on Audi's electric crossover to be the auto-industry establishment's first true rival to the Tesla Model X. A variety of sources have reported that Jaguar will launch an all-electric SUV, and now a new.

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Audi e-tron Sportback electric SUV edges closer to production form

Green Car Reports

We've seen and driven the upcoming Audi e-tron quattro electric SUV, and this week got a look at the more affordable Q4 e-tron as well as four new plug-in hybrids coming from Audi. In between, the brand is also scheduled to release a fastback version of the e-tron Quattro SUV, called the e-tron Sportback. Auto-industry observers got their first

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Geely officially discloses new global B-segment automobile modular architecture: BMA; new BMA-based SUV to launch this year

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Automobile modular architectures—for example, TNGA of Toyota, and MQB, MLB and MEB of the Volkswagen Group—hav become a major trend in the auto industry. The BMA platform will be applied in compact cars, including SUVs, sedans, MPVs, crossovers, and wagons. A new SUV codenamed Geely SX11, which is based on the BMA platform, will be launched in the second half of 2018.

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BMW i4 EV’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show gets cancelled by COVID-19!

Current EV

March 3 rd , 2020: with the Geneva Auto Show cancelled due to the coronavirus, automakers have been forced to present their new cars via digital debuts online. Both won prestigious awards and added impetus to the public’s perception that e-mobility is where the auto industry is headed.

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New Ford Escape launching with two new EcoBoost engines with standard Auto Start-Stop

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The new Ford Escape, being showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model—a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. Auto high-beam control: System automatically switches from high to low beams, and vice versa, depending on ambient lighting. Overall SUV sales continue to trend higher—both in North America and around the world.

2015 214

KPMG survey finds global auto execs ranking fuel efficiency the top consumer priority

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When asked which vehicle categories will see global sales increases over the next five years, hybrid fuel vehicles (84%) were most frequently named by the respondents, followed by electric vehicles (77%), which was a new category option in the survey this year, cars (69%), other alternative fuel vehicles (63%), basic or introduction cars (60%), cross-overs (56%), SUVs (51%), luxury vehicles (46%), small pick-up trucks (45%), minivans (41%), and large pick-up trucks (27%).

2011 193

Will Tesla Model 3 Electric Car Hit 2017 Production Date?

Green Car Reports

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has done many remarkable things in its short decade of existence--including a few the auto industry viewed as impossible. That applied to its Roadster, the Model S sedan, and the Model X electric SUV. But the company has never managed to get a car into volume production on the date it first announced. DON'T MISS. Elon Musk Future Cars Model S Tesla Motors Model X gigafactory Tesla Model 3

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2011 LA Auto Show Greenery

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The Los Angeles Auto Show will be open for the press on November 16 & 17 and for the public November 18 through 27. The auto industry has been a relatively strong part of the economy, and all expectations are that it will continue its momentum at the L.A. There will be more than 20 auto-maker press conferences, where the auto-makers are eager to convince consumers that they are investing heavily in cars that buyers really want.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E April sales experience effects of ongoing chip shortage


The ongoing chip shortage has adversely affected the auto industry, and Ford has acknowledged this. In April alone, Ford sold 3,365 F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid pickups and 3,695 electrified Ford Escape SUVs.

Volkswagen Group & Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) jointly to develop EVs in China; new JV focused on NEVs

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We look forward to a full scope cooperation together with Volkswagen Group, focus on new energy vehicles, to provide Chinese consumers with highly cost-effective battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) products that promote the development of the Chinese new energy vehicle sector as well as the Chinese auto industry’s transformation and upgrading. We hope to develop this cooperation into a brand new business model during the process of Chinese auto industry’s opening up.

2016 150

China's BYD Yuan Plug-In Hybrid Mini-SUV: Styling Stolen From Ford?

Green Car Reports

China is now the world's largest car market, and when it comes to the country's domestic auto industry, quantity often seems to trump quality. China Plug-In Hybrids Shanghai Auto Show BYD Crossovers plug-in carsChinese cars generally don't match the performance and refinement of the imported models they compete against--though they're commensurately cheaper to buy. And it's not unheard of for Chinese carmakers.

2015 104

Ford and Zotye forming JV in China for EVs; Ford’s third JV in the country

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and board director of Zotye Auto. Through this new JV, Ford commits to actively support the advancement of a more environmentally sustainable auto industry in China through local research and development as well as domestic production of all-electric vehicles. Zotye Auto is a pioneer in the Chinese all-electric vehicle segment. Zotye currently offers four models: the Z100 and Z360 sedans, and the T600 and T700 SUVs.

2017 150

Opinion: Hey VW, Electric Vehicles Are Not a Joke

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The auto industry is not known as a second career for comedy writers. It’s a serious EV, enough to make the name change almost credible—until you realize we’re talking about a German corporation that is one of largest auto companies in the world.

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Volvo Cars aims for 25% recycled plastics in every new car from 2025; XC60 T8 PHEV as example

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Volvo Cars also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics. In 2017, the company announced an industry-leading commitment to electrify all new Volvo cars launched after 2019.

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IHS Markit: average age of light cars and trucks in US rises again in 2016 to 11.6 years; record number in operation

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years, according to IHS Markit, a provider of business information and analysis for the global automotive industry. Registrations for light VIO, including cars and light trucks (SUVs/CUVs as well) in the US also reached a record level of more than 264 million—an increase of more than 6.2 This represents the highest annual increase the auto industry has seen in the US since it began tracking VIO growth, breaking the record of 2.1%

2016 223

Hybrid Cars May Be Industry's Next High Profit Center

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Is it possible that the auto industry has found its latest Holy Grail? For a long time, the industry had relied on its pickup trucks and sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) as their largest profit centers. Indeed, they looked at these vehicles as the geese that laid the golden eggs. That changed with the sharp spike in gas prices a couple of years ago

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IHS Automotive forecasts 88.6M unit global light vehicle market in 2015; 2.4% growth

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China will lead the sector’s volume growth, with particular strength in SUVs, though IHS expects the market to slow from 2014. in 2014 as a result of industrial overcapacity and weakness in the real estate sector. million units, aided with increased auto finance penetration, fast dealership expansion and government vehicle scrappage programs. IHS Automotive experts also expect SUVs to remain the fastest-growing segment in China in 2015.

2015 202

Canadian Study Concludes Rebates to Hybrid Buyers Not Cost-Effective for Reducing Carbon Emissions

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The study finds that the rebates had a large and positive effect on the market share of hybrid vehicles, largely at the expense of intermediate cars, intermediate SUVs and some high performance compact cars. While hybrid rebates help governments to appear environmentally progressive, Chandra suggests that some programs may serve as de facto bailouts for the North American auto industry.

2009 193

Eaton Supercharger Debuts in China on Three New Chery Engines

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Fuel savings and emission reduction are the new themes for China’s auto industry. Eaton supercharger technology has been selected by numerous premium global automakers and can be found on these vehicles: Audi A6, S4 and S5, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Cadillac CTS-V, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, Jaguar XKR, XFR, XJR and Range Rover Sport and a version of the fourth-generation Nissan Micra.

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GM’s China JVs investing $12B between 2014-2017 to expand; GM outlines China market trends

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In conjunction with the start of Auto China 2014 in Beijing, GM China President Matt Tsien announced that GM’s China joint ventures will make capital expenditures of about $12 billion between 2014 and 2017. GM’s focus will be on answering the growing demand for luxury vehicles, SUVs, multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) and smaller passenger cars. The SUV market will reach 7 million by 2020, or triple what it is today. GM will add 11 new SUVs between now and 2018.

2014 172

2020 Electric Vehicle Industry Report Card and trends for the new year

Plug In India

The Indian electric vehicle industry too suffered a setback during the first six months of the year. Yet, by the end of the year, there is a huge wave of optimism in the industry for the coming year. This report logs the highs and lows of the Indian EV industry for 2020.

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VW Joke, Kia EV6 Details – EV Week in Review: March 23-30

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According to the Asian auto industry gurus at ZoZo Go , it’s the strongest product debut in the history of four-wheeled vehicles. And, federal subsidies or not, nearly all industry observers anticipate a boom in charger installations over the next several years.

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Opinion: Enablers of disruption in transportation

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The auto industry has known for a long time that business-as-usual was literally unsustainable. Globally, the automotive industry is being driven to provide more fuel efficient, less polluting and more electrified vehicles primarily by regulatory pressures, although consumer demand is playing its part as well. Among the key technological enablers of this disruption in the automotive industry are microprocessors, software and sensors.

2015 186

BNEF forecasts EVs to hit 54% of new car sales by 2040; decreasing importance of PHEVs

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We see a momentous inflection point for the global auto industry in the second half of the 2020s. BNEF analyzed the auto market not just by country but also by segment, encompassing everything from small run-arounds to SUVs and large family cars. Electric vehicles will make up the majority of new car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to a new forecast published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

2017 163

ALTe Developing Series Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains for Conversion and OEM Applications

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Prior to Tesla, Thomas was Director of Special Projects at Magna Steyr, VP and Division General Manager at auto supplier Collins & Aikman, and a powertrain component design engineer and powertrain system project and project engineer for 10 years. ALTe is staffed by traditional auto industry and Tesla Motors alumni averaging more than 24 years of experience at major auto OEMs and suppliers in the US, Japan and Korea, Thomas said.

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Canoo Pickup, Kia EV6, Honda and Mini EV Plans: EV Week in Review – Mar 9-15

EV Adoption

Honda of America plans to sell 2 fully electric SUVs in 2024, Based on GM’s Ultium Platform – Honda confirmed plans to sell two all-electric SUVs in the US for the 2024 model year, and it soon will offer hybrid gas-electric versions of its top-selling models.

PwC’s Autofacts forecasts global light vehicle assembly to hit 81M units in 2013, 101M by 2017

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Strong growth in Developing Asia-Pacific, improving stability in the EU and investment in new technologies will drive the industry forward. Megatrends driving the global automotive industry, according to the analyst group: European Union. Particularly notable are SUVs and MPVs, up 45.1% R&D continues to grow as the industry approaches a new era of innovation and collaboration.

2013 162

Toyota and Lexus roll-out low-cost automated braking safety packages on RAV4 Hybrid and RX crossover

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At separate press conferences Wednesday and Thursday at the New York Auto Show, Toyota will reveal the RAV4 Hybrid SUV, while Lexus unveils its all-new fourth-generation RX luxury crossover SUV. Both debuts will mark the arrival of new, multi-feature, integrated safety packages, each anchored by automated pre-collision braking and offered at a price below comparable systems across the auto industry.

2015 181

Reviewed: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

Introduced last year, the Touareg Hybrid is Volkswagen’s first production gas-electric hybrid SUV model. It complements the Touareg SUV line that includes a choice of a traditional gas V-6 or a turbocharged diesel V-6. The 2012 Touareg Hybrid seats five (there is no third row of seats as is the case in some other SUV models). Marketed as a luxury SUV, the Touareg Hybrid includes many high-end features as standard equipment.

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Senators: It's the Electrons

Plugs and Cars

We produce enough extra electricity right now to supply as much as 70 percent of the power needed by our cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. auto industry regain its competitive edge.”. Three Senators, Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrats Maria Cantwell and Barack Obama are showing signs of getting it. The Electric Drive Transportation website has the complete press release. “We

2007 100

What up with GM's Plug-in hybrid Volt?

Plugs and Cars

But there it is in a Detroit News Autos Insider piece today. Just weeks after announcing production, perhaps, in 2010, the industry's hometown paper lets us know this is no done deal. The Volt grabbed headlines, lit up online chat boards and dominated the buzz at the auto show in Detroit. The auto industry has disappointed before when it comes to green technology.

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At Home with Bob Lutz

Revenge of the Electric Car

Bob didn’t emote too much over the state of the car industry and Detroit as a whole, but, surprisingly, his wife did. Since we only had two days in Detroit, we weren’t able to do much more sightseeing, but we did meet Bishop Ellis, who heads Greater Grace Temple and famously held a “bailout” service for the auto industry in his mega-church with SUVs at the altar. We went to Detroit recently to see Bob Lutz.

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Obama on cars

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OBAMA: Well, you know, I, I think that if we decided right now that we were going to make the kind of investment I've proposed--$150 billion over 10 years--then I think at the end of the decade we could have a auto industry that has significantly reduced our consumption of oil by as much as 35, 40 percent. Today Barak Obama appeared on Meet the Press. full transcript here.)

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Could A “Perfect Hybrid” Save Detroit?

Hybrid SUV Blog

What could save the American auto industry? billion low-interest loan from Congress, many are speculating what type of action is needed to make the best use of that money and save the American auto industry. One idea that has risen to the top is that one of the Big Three needs to produce a truly competitive – in terms of both fuel economy and price – hybrid crossover SUV. possibly a crossover vehicle (part car part suv) could be the saving grace of Detroit?

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CPT presenting two papers at SAE World Congress on SpeedStart and TIGERS for 48V mild hybrid systems

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Vehicle electrification and in particular mild hybridization of a conventional powertrain at 48V is a rapid growth area for the automotive industry. SpeedStart and TIGERS technologies are aimed not only at the C-segment car platform represented by the Ford Focus, but also are relevant from the B-segment to the largest passenger car and rapidly growing SUV platforms. There is a continual drive within the auto industry for low carbon vehicle technologies.

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Heard At The Show: Snippets from SAE 2009 World Congress

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Alexander Edwards, President, Automotive Strategic Vision believes the exodus from full size SUVs was caused by economic caution as much as higher gas prices. “ People were concerned about spending $35,000 for an SUV that seats five, they were saying for $21,000 I can get a sedan that seats five. As the industry grapples with reducing weight without reducing attributes like size, safety or performance they are going to need to increase the use of lightweight materials.

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Update: ‘09 Saturn Vue Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

In any case, a 3 month delay was welcome news when compared to Chrysler announcing they would discontinue the Aspen and Durango hybrid SUVs. This might be the only hybrid vehicle released during Q1 of 2009, and if it wasn’t for the troubles being felt by GM and the rest of the auto industry we’d likely see it in a Super Bowl commercial later today. This green SUV will have a 3.6-liter V6 under the hood to garner 260 horsepower, zero to 60 mph in 7.3

A 100 m.p.g. truck? A Bright IDEA | | Detroit Free Press

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Facebook Digg Reddit Newsvine More evidence that we are approaching an exciting new frontier in the automotive industry will be on display today on Capitol Hill. Three years ago, the magazine Popular Mechanics even wrote an article prodding the auto industry for not building the 100 m.p.g. John Waters, the CEO of Bright Automotive, is a veteran of Detroits auto industry, just like most of the Bright team. Later, he went on to work at auto supplier Delphi Corp.

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Proposed scrappage scheme meets criticism

Green Cars News

By contrast it states, the Congress scheme is weaker - you can simply buy a new SUV with only slightly better gas mileage and qualify for a $3,500 boost. In effect it is offering subsidies to the relatively rich despite the fact that the auto industry’s survival depends on getting those with incomes below $100,000 back into the showroom. The scrappage scheme is only a few days old here in the UK and it has already come under fire.

China puts its electric vehicles on center stage - China automotive news

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My Gasgoo Sign in | Join Now | Help Automotive News A Leading Portal for China Auto Industry Make it my homepage Favorite Contact Us Home China News Global News Commentary Interview Blog Data Suppliers Gallery Thursday, April 23, 2009 Home » Automotive News » Commentary » News detail Email This Story Welcome to our registration page. Among the most notable: a gas-electric hybrid Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. China auto parts firms face.

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